It has been cold in Calgary lately so I was very happy that we had made plans to head to a warmer location this weekend – the water park at West Edmonton Mall. Even though we are not even close to being unpacked after our move it was too hard to pass up – and it met my goal of mini-trip each month for February.
We drove to Edmonton after work on Friday (with a quick stop in Red Deer for dinner) and spent the night in a low budget motel near the mall. Our group met up for a few fruity drinks at the nearby Cactus Club once we all made it to the city but retired early so we could be ready for a full day of water park adventures. We got to the park just after opening and then it was almost four hours of water slides and wave pool!
I haven’t been to the park since I was a kid and they have made some changes to the slides – which now include 3 slides with a drop start (one with a giant vertical loop!). We started off with the Cyclone – I figured that doing the slide that started with a free fall drop and had a giant loop first would make everything else seem easy. You climb up to the top of the slide and then step into a little chamber – it counts down and then the floor drops out and off you go. It wasn’t quite as terrifying as I thought (it was over so quick) but I got a lot of water up my nose.
After that I worked my way through most of the other slides at the park – most of them several times. While I couldn’t convince myself to ride the Cyclone again I did the other two drop slides (Sky Screamer) multiple times. My favourite slide was Nessie’s Revenge – even though the end always resulted in my swim suit riding waaaay up. With a group of 10 of us there was always at least one person who was willing to slide or battle the waves in the pool so I was exhausted by the time we left.
We ended up being away for only a little more than 24 hours but it felt like a real vacation. The water park was warm and with the sunshine and “beachside” cabana it felt like a tropical getaway. I spent my time sliding or in the pool (with a tiny bit if hot tubbing thrown in when I got chilly) but the relaxing in our rented cabana also looked pretty good. We’ve got our real beach vacation next month but this mini-vacation was a perfect way to beat the winter blahs.